Robert Frost - Poetry Begins in Delight & Ends in Wisdom - Essay

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“Poetry begins in delight and ends in wisdom” – Robert Frost Essay Danielle Sims Robert Frost was a poet who wrote traditional poetry that opposed the free verse styles and “no rules” system of the modernist poets who wrote at the same time in the early 1900s. His poetry is deceptively simple, commonly using colloquial language which flows just as naturally as speech. Whilst Frost is a poet who seems to be simplistic in his writing styles, his rhyming schemes are surprisingly sophisticated, often using iambic pentameter or blank verse. This, along with the use of colloquial language amounts to poetry which is intricately formed and subtly beautiful; often allowing the meaning to be overlooked. Frost is renowned for his descriptive use of…show more content…
Another poem by Robert Frost that has elements of delightful imagery and descriptive language is “The Road Not Taken”. Once again, Frost’s pastoral writing style and inclination to write about difficult topics through the metaphor of nature has led him to set this poem in a “yellow wood.” The first line of the poem sets the scenery, “Two woods diverged in a yellow wood”. This imagery is beautiful; it is at the time of autumn and we can picture a scene of autumn leaves fluttering from the trees onto the ground. “And looked down one as far as I could, To where it bent in the undergrowth”. We can picture peering down a yellow trail, and looking as far as we possibly can, until there was only bush. Because we can picture it, we can relate to it, and appreciate the scenery. The way the poem sounds is also captivating. It is set out in iambic tetrameter, a very difficult rhyming scheme which, when spoken, sounds amazing. The poem flows, thanks to the use of enjambment throughout. “And sorry I could not travel both/And be one traveller, long I stood” “Two woods diverged in a wood and I-/ I took the one less travelled by”. The use of colloquial language only aids the reader in appreciating it, as the words work so well together. We take delight in reading it as it flows off the tongue so naturally, and it is beautifully formed and written.

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